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Two Charged With Murder In Three-Year-Old's Death

Untwan Smith appears with attorney Joseph Cress. Smith is one of two people to appear in Sacramento Superior Court, charged with the murder of a three-year-old girl. The girl's mother, Angela Phakhin is also charged.


Two people who were found in Rancho Cordova with a dead three-year-old girl in the back of their SUV have appeared in court on murder charges.

Untwan Smith and Angela Phakhin were contacted Wednesday by a Rancho Cordova Police Officer who noticed their white Toyota Rav4 was parked facing the wrong way on Rod Beaudry Drive.

Smith had an outstanding warrant and was detained.

A search of the vehicle revealed the child under some blankets.

Investigators report no obvious sign of trauma.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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